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Simple and Essential Travel Photography Tips | COOPH

By Hanssie on June 16th 2015

This summer, as you are planning your vacation (well, not if you’re a wedding photographer in the midst of wedding season, but everyone else), there are many things to consider. With the impending carry on restrictions that may wreck havoc on your plans to bring all your gear, to packing clothes and essentials, to planning out the destinations you want to see and photograph, getting ready to travel may be one of the more stressful parts of traveling.


Before going on your next adventure, you should consider a few important things to help make your trip more enjoyable. Here are some ideas to help you take awesome photos without having to worry about your gear. The ~3 minute video by COOPH was all shot in Venice, Italy (which is #1 on my travel wish list), and gives us some simple tips to make your travel photos even better.


The video features photographer Ray Demski and begins with simple tips on what to do before your trip, including taking a photo of your business card in case you lose your camera and some good Samaritan is trying to find you to return it. The middle section gives a great tip on how to easily remove other tourists from your photo using Photoshop. And the last section has a tip on using the 3-2-1 method for backing up your photos. The rest of the video contains more simple and effective tips for the travel photographer.



Climbing Sling
G-Technology hard-drive
Nikon D800
Fujifilm Polaroid & Impossible Polaroid Film
GoPro Hero 3
Manfrotto Tripod

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Thomas Horton

    Does anyone know if PS Elements has the functionality to stack images to get rid of tourists?

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  2. Paddy McDougall

    Great tips. The best tip I had was from my girlfriend… Stop looking constantly for shots and be mindful for a few moments or your just capturing memories rather than making them. So I do and it works I actually experience the place rather than record it. Still kick myself when I miss a great shot sometimes ;)

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    • Graham Curran

      My wife always gets impatient about me waiting for a group of tourists to move out of frame.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      It improves the shots you get too. After 20-30 minutes of just absorbing the scenery you can see better shots than when you just walked up and had the preconceived shots in your head.

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  3. Chuck Eggen

    Nice tips. Really like the GoPro idea producing a different perspective. Thanks for sharing Hanssie.

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